It is apple picking season!! YAY! This is a big deal in Michigan. Fall is all about going to the cider mill, going on a hayride, picking apples, then having cider and fresh hot doughnuts. My boys were so totally bummed last year when, because of bad crops, there was no apple picking. That was the first year that we missed it (but we did manage to get some cider and doughnuts!!)  The only problem with apple picking with three kids is that we come home with a ridiculous amount of apples – more than we could ever eat before they go bad. So this year I put a call out to my amazing friends on Facebook for some yummy (and of course, easy) recipes using just-picked-off-the-tree apples.

Before we jump into the delicious recipes – I thought I would just take a few minutes and talk apples! There are TONS of different varieties of apples – So below are some of the more common types and their recommended uses:
Baking apples – McIntosh, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Empire
Pies – Honey Crisp, Jonagold, York, Granny Smith
Sauce – Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji
Just for eating and enjoying – Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji

So now on to the good eats!

Caramel Apple Chips

Easy Caramel Apple Chips

Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

A plate of food on a table, with Apple and Caramel
source: julieseatsandtreats

Apple Pie Bites

A plate of food, with Apple and Cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake

Granny Smith Apple Crisp (and it’s gluten free!!)

A bowl of fruit sitting on a table, with Apple and Crisp
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Crock Pot Applesauce

A bowl of fruit sitting on a table, with Apple and Sauce
Follow this link for the recipe
Thanks to all of my great friends for the recipe suggestions! Now, you all just have to have me over to eat them!!
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